Meredith Hahn is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is also a seasoned corporate social responsibility, philanthropy, marketing, and communications professional with two decades of expertise. She is currently engaged as a consultant helping social impact organizations design their programming, operational strategy and marketing/communication plans. One of her current projects is to advise the Office of the Mayor of New York City’s Commission on Gender Equity, an advisory body that supports City agencies in dismantling institutional barriers for women and girls in order to achieve the Mayor's commitment to reduce gender-based inequity.
She most recently held the position of Vice President within the American Express Office of Corporate Social Responsibility. In this role Meredith led American Express’s global strategy for philanthropic investments and employee mobilization. This included oversight of the company’s charitable giving to nonprofit organizations seeking to develop their community service programs, its global platforms for employee engagement in charitable causes, its corporate response to disaster relief and its cause marketing initiatives.
Prior to her tenure American Express, Meredith was the Associate Director of Marketing at the American Museum of Natural History where she created marketing programs to promote the Museum and its education, scientific research and exhibition programs.
Meredith serves on the Board of Directors of the Taproot Foundation a national organization that drives social change by leading, mobilizing, and engaging professionals in pro bono service to leading nonprofit organizations. She also sits on the Advisory Board of NYC-based Games for Change, a nonprofit organization that empowers game creators and social innovators to drive real-world change using games that help people to learn, improve their communities, and contribute to make the world a better place.
Meredith lives in Brooklyn, NY and loves travel, interior design, scuba diving, film, and biking.
How does someone go about changing the world? What can we learn from the past about what it means to be an effective agent of change? This course will focus on several broad social movements in post-war America. Our objectives will be: to introduce and familiarize students with these social movements that span post-war American history, putting each in its historical context; and to use these movements to illustrate the variety of tactics and strategies employed by advocates to advance social change including demonstrations, boycotts, legislation, regulatory action, electoral politics, marches, and voter referenda.